Fiscal Ruin and Politics As Usual

Don’t believe the hype! Don’t believe the hype!
-Public Enemy-

It takes one look at the national debt as a result of the 2017 budget passed under Barack Obama in 2016 versus the national debt in the 2018 budget passed under Donald Trump to know how much this president and his party actually care about the national debt. “Not at all.” When are the Republicans going to take the debt seriously?

Where are all the Republicans who were calling for a balanced budget amendment? The Republicans had control of both chambers of Congress and the “master deal maker” in the White House, yet they failed to get that done. Instead, we got a 5 week shutdown over a border wall to protect a nation teetering on the edge fiscal ruin?

The national debt has continued to grow for the last two years, and the Republicans have done nothing to stop it. Only after losing control of the House, Mitch McConnell is just now bringing it up as an issue? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not questioning the policy itself, but where was he when Paul Ryan was Speaker? Why on Earth now?

Cutting into the sacred cows of Social Security and Medicare is a political nonstarter under a Pelosi House, and president dunderhead has already promised to preserve both, not that Trump’s sycophantic supporters actually care to keep an honest count of his myriad broken promises. I’m done casting those pearls before the swine.

Let’s be clear about this. If we don’t fix our debt problem, at some point, we won’t have to worry about Mexicans coming across our border to work here illegally, because there won’t be any jobs for anyone, let alone illegal immigrants. At almost $22,000,000,000,000 in debt, the United States is carrying the most debt of any nation ever.

Only a fool could look at the timing of this nonsense and not smell the reek of desperate political posturing. Throwing this out now as the clock ticks down toward another shutdown showdown looms is simply an empty promise to try to corral fiscal conservatives back into line with the Establishment Republicans.

If McConnell was serious about pushing this agenda, he would have done it two years ago, when there was a chance of pushing it through. Even though dismantling Social Security and Medicare would absolutely solve America’s debt crisis, it’s a pipe dream at this point, and it’s empty rhetoric from a hollow promises party.

Liberty is For The Win!

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